Learn To Recognize Stroke Symptoms at Free Union Hospital Program on May 5

Dr. Alok Bhagat

When it comes to strokes, recognition and speed are everything.

An estimated 15 to 20 Tuscarawas County residents have a stroke each month – and recognizing the signs of a stroke and responding quickly can make all the difference in treatment and recovery.

Union Hospital’s Community Health & Wellness program will host a free information session to “Know Your Stroke Risk and Act FAST” on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. Dr. Alok Bhagat of the UPS Neurology Center and a member of the Union Hospital medical staff, will talk about stroke risk, warning signs and treatment to increase odds of recovery and reduced disability.

There is no cost for the program, but registration is requested and can be made online at www.unionhospital.org/events or by calling (330) 602-0778.

For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during a stroke, brain damage increases. But chances for survival and recovery improve when treatment begins within the first few hours of stroke warning signs.

The key elements when a possible stroke is suspected are contained in the word “FAST”:

  • Face – does one side of the face drop?
  • Arm – does one arm drift down?
  • Speech – is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – if you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately

Dr. Bhagat is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Sleep Medicine and is a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. He specializes in stroke, along with concussions and headaches, dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep disorders and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

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